1918 July 21

Eggs, Brawl End Meeting of Radical North Dakota Nonpartisan League


A meeting by the radical Nonpartisan League in Toronto, South Dakota, on this day ended with egg-throwing at a speaker, a brawl and arrests.

The Nonpartisan League was created in North Dakota, largely by small farmers, who felt they were being exploited by large, out-of-state corporations. The NPL advocated a state-owned bank, grain elevators, warehouses, and factories.

At the meeting, during a speech by Alice Lorraine Daly of Madison, Sought Dakota, candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction, the lights were turned out and she was pelted by eggs. A fight broke out, which was ended by the police. The next speaker, an NPL candidate for U.S. Senator, declared that he was for free speech or a free fight. Another brawl erupted. Several more fights broke out after the meeting was ended.

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